Local backup is a useful and necessary part of securing your data against catastrophe, but with the advent of broadband and inexpensive online storage, you’ve got little reason to not backup critical files to the cloud, as well.
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Earlier this week we asked you to share your favourite online backup solutions. Now we’re back to share the five most popular solutions Lifehacker readers use to back up their data online and keep it secure in the event that some unforeseen event at their on-site location — fire, flood, theft, someone casts Chain Lighting in the server room — wipes out their local backup.
Note: When contenders in the Hive Five have a free option, we’ve listed that first, followed by the first level of paid backup they provide. For additional levels and packages click on the name of the backup service for more information.
For additional information on both both Hive Five contenders and other online backup solutions, you can check out this comprehensive comparison chart.
CrashPlan (Windows/Mac/Linux/Open Solaris, Basic [No online storage]Free, Premium [Unlimited]$US4.50 per month)
CrashPlan takes an interesting approach with their backup software. You can download the software for free and use it to perform local backups on your computer and home network as well as back up data to a friend’s computer if they are also running CrashPlan (so it’s sort of off-site if a friend’s running it). They don’t offer any free introductory plans for online storage like most other online backup providers, but their rate for an unlimited personal account is on par with other providers. The software is very user friendly, and even if you’re not sure if you want to commit to paying for an online backup service, it’s worth a download just to automate your local backups. If your data goes kaput, you can restore it using the software or you can order a hard copy of your data.
Mozy (Windows/Mac, Basic [2GB]Free, Home Premium [Unlimited]$US4.95 per month)
Dropbox (Windows/Mac/Linux, Basic [2GB]Free, Pro [50GB]$US9.99 per month)
Jungle Disk (Windows/Mac/Linux, Pricing: $US2 per month + Per GB Fees)
Carbonite (Windows/Mac, Unlimited Storage $US4.58 per month)
Have a tip, trick, or tool for online backup? Surprised your favourite didn’t make the cut? Let’s hear it in the comments.